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Description: Tillandsia recurvifolia is native to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina where it grows at elevations up to 2,200m. Before being superseded by it's current name, it was known for many years as T. meridionalis. This species is sort after in the hobby due to it's stunning pink inflorescence spike which is said to be visible from 200 meters away when seen in nature! The leaves are succulent, recurved, channeled, velvety and silver (due to the large amount of coarse trichomes on it's surface). The plant develops a long, bright carmine inflorescence with white, three petaled flowers. This species enjoys bright light, and good air flow, but is sensitive to salts (alkaline water). Flowers will form in June and July (Winter).
Position: We do not recommend keeping this plant indoors. They should receive bright, indirect sunlight. We recommend positions such as under a tree, in a shade-house, or in a covered outdoor area such as a deck or patio. Ensure the location you choose has good air flow to help the plant dry out between watering. This species can withstand low temperatures, however it must be protected from frost. This species can be grown suspended or mounted on a solid substrate that does not retain water (timber, cork bark, etc). You can attach this plant to the surface using coated wire, fishing line, or an adhesive such as silicone, hot glue, or no-more nails. Do not cover the base of the plant with moss or any other substrate as it may rot.
Watering: As a general rule, a plant in a hot position will require watering every 2-3 days. In a dark, humid environment watering once per week can often be adequate. This can be achieved by misting or dunking the plant. If outdoors, a hose can be used. When dunking a plant, leave submerged in a bowl of water for 10-20 minutes before shaking off excess water. Air plants love to dry out completely between each watering and must never have water sitting at their base as this will cause the plant to rot.
Fertilisation: We recommend fertilising your Air Plants once a fortnight in the warmer months and once a month through winter. We sell Air Plant Fertiliser in our "Accessories" section. Simply give the plant one or two sprays after watering.